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Are You Overdosing on B Vitamins?

You may be tempted to try large doses of vitamins to improve your health. Many doctors say, “You’re now just putting out expensive urine.” Lots of the water-soluble vitamin C or the vitamin B complex is wasted. Beware when you take high doses of all the B vitamins because too much of one B vitamin can make it impossible for another to work properly. They are all important in the production of energy Some help the skin, muscles and nerves. Others help in specific ways to keep you healthy. Your body needs different amounts of each B vitamin so it’s safer to get them in natural foods like organic liver, brewers’ yeast, wheat germ and whole grains. Eggs, mushrooms and nuts have smaller amounts. Note that the livers of animals raised in factory farms concentrate insecticides and other toxins that aren’t good for you.

Vitamin B6, pyridoxine, is involved in over a hundred reactions. An important one is to prevent the accumulation of homocysteine.. Many doctors think that too high homocysteine is more important in causing heart attacks than LDL-cholesterol. But you also need folic acid and vitamin B12 in specific amounts to get rid of the homocsyteine. Also, if you take more than 2000 mg. of pyridoxine for over five weeks, it can damage your nerves causing numbness and tingling of your feet, stumbling and poor coordination. Get back to a normal dose.

Niacin, vitamin B3, is another one to avoid taking too much. It has been used to lower a person’s cholesterol, but it causes an itchy flush. High doses over time might damage your liver.

B vitamins are used every day and any excess of most of them goes out in your urine. However, it makes sense to take only as much as your body needs.

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